Statistics on the Production and Distribution of Books, Newspapers, etc.

Also forwarded from Cindy Hepfer, ALA Representative to NISO, is the following ISO Committee Draft of an International Standard issued for ballot: ISO/FDIS 9707, Information and documentation — Statistics on the production and distribution of books, newspapers, periodicals and electronic publications.

Comments and vote recommendations from NISO members are due to NISO by March 7, 2008, but Cindy asks that any responses for this standard by be sent by March 4.

Information provided about this standard by NISO:
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Note: This is the final ballot stage prior to publication. Yes votes can only contain editorial (non-substantive) comments.

Summary: This standard aims at giving guidance to the international publishing community on the keeping of publishing statistics. This revision primarily focuses on integrating the economic and technological changes in the media sector, and especially in the publishing industry. The scope has been enlarged to cover statistics on the production of electronic publications.
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ALA is a voting member of NISO, and NISO is the official U.S. voting member for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 46 on Information and Documentation. ALA is not voting on the standard itself but rather is providing feedback to NISO as to whether to approve or disapprove the standard. NISO will review and consider this feedback prior to submitting the U.S. vote. ALA can only provide ISO protected documents to ALA members, so please contact either Cindy (hslcindy@buffalo.edu) or me (dih1@cornell.edu) and let us know that you are an ALA member.

In the absence of other recommendations, ALA will recommend that NISO vote to approve ISO/FDIS 9707, Information and documentation — Statistics on the production and distribution of books, newspapers, periodicals and electronic publications, with comments (if any).